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NEWS LETTER on GREECE

July    2012

Greetings. Hope you are well and enjoying your summer.   

 

This is our second  ETC Newsletter, which  aims to inform all of our friends of new developments in Greece, upcoming projects and new museums, interesting exhibitions in Greece and elsewhere and fun stuff, such cooking tips on the Greek cuisine!

We hope you will enjoy it.
In May and June we have also concluded with success the study tours in Greece of St Mary's College (Professor Michael Taber), Augustana College (Professor Kirsten Day), Harvard  University  (Professor Ken Morrell), University of Missouri (Professor Michael Barnes) and St Olaf's College Alumni Tour (Professor Jim May). 

Everyone had a pleasant and enjoyable stay and below are  some of their comments:

 University of Missouri Professor Michael Barnes just emailed us:"I have heard from some of the students that this was the best experience of their lives, and that is in no small part because of your care and expertise. I will be in touch soon about 2013; I'm already looking forward to it. “

 St Olaf’s College Northfield , MN . Professor Jim May , department of Classics, wrote:"I have just returned from leading a St. Olaf College Study Tour in Greece with 32 alumni and friends of the college.  It was a wonderful and highly successful tour.  In 16 days we visited many of the most famous sites/places in Greece (including Athens, Sounion, Meteora, Thermopylae, Delphi, Olympia, Nauplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus), as well as some that are not so often visited (Volos, Skopelos, Aegina, Hydra).  We were there during an historic time, as Greece held its elections and formed a new government.  I am happy to report that, with the fantastic assistance of Dimitri and Thalia Cocconi of Educational Tours & Cruises, every aspect of our tour went perfectly. 

 The Greek people, legendary for their philoxenia (hospitality) were as welcoming and cordial as ever; they were particularly excited to greet such a large group of Americans.  The museums and sites are open, well-tended, and ready for visitors. 

The food and weather were, of course, up to usual expectations.  Indeed, all of the group were enthusiastic about the trip and many are planning to return to Greece soon. 

 I have visited Greece more than 30 times and have led more than two dozen student and alumni tours; this past tour ranks among the very best I have experienced.  I encourage you to plan your trip to Greece and to bring your students and friends.  It's a wonderful time to visit Greece, and Educational Tours & Cruises will insure that all of your logistical needs are met with friendliness, efficiency, and exquisite care".

All the above professors can vouch for the safety of travel  in Greece and the quality arrangements provided  by us.

 We will look forward to your feedback and comments and hope to see you soon!

 

Dimitri and Thalia.

 

UPDATE ON GREECE’S ECONOMIC  and POLITICAL SITUATION

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NEWS FROM ETC: FAM TRIP POSTPONED FOR JULY 3rd-15th, 2013
The special fam trip to Northern Greece and Istanbul has been postponed to July 2013, due to low participation this year, not meeting the  minimum required numbers. Please keep the dates blocked in your calendar, to come and experience Northern Greece and Istanbul with us at a special reduced (refundable) rate.

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NEW MUSEUMS/SITES

messini museum

THE ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF MESSINI  (IN KALAMATA) *NEW*

Consider adding this new exciting museum when visiting Kalamata (Pylos or Sparti area) in the Peloponnese, with  antiquities of Messenia from Prehistoric to Byzantine times.

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THE ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF NICOPOLIS  *NEW*

nicopolis

The Archeological Museum of Nicopolis lies just beyond the archaeological site bearing the same name, at the entrance to the city of Preveza on the Preveza-Ioannina national road. It opened its doors in 2010 and is worth while a visit.

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Fokis Mining Park–Vagonetto
It  is a unique theme park, situated on the 51st km. of the Lamia-Amfissa National Road in Greece, between mountains Ghiona and Parnassos, within the broader area of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. premises and very close to Delphi and Arachova.

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The Lion of Chaeronea - The Museum of Chaeronea *NEW*

chaeronia

The Museum’s exhibits are most significant and include, among others, sculptures from Levadeia and Chaeronea (the goddesses Cybele, Demetra [Ceres] and Athena [Minerva] Cranea, a portrait of the Roman Emperor Hadrian … CLICK FOR MORE…

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM in MEGARA * NEW*


Lying 21 km west of Eleusina in Megara, this museum features marble and terracotta finds from the area dating as far back as the 6th century BC up to Roman times CLICK FOR MORE…

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OFYCLADIC ART PATRAS

It opened its gates to the public in July 2009 and presents the archaeological finds of Achaia in a modern, smart, fun and educative manner. CLICK FOR MORE...

MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
Permanent Exhibition:  Scenes from Daily Life in Antiquity *NEW*

cycladic art

The permanent exhibition on the 4th floor of the Main Building tries to transform our knowledge about daily life in antiquity (as provided by ancient texts and archaeological objects) into vivid images. CLICK FOR MORE…

HELLENIC MOTOR MUSEUM (ATHENS)  *NEW*

New interesting collection, next to the National Archaeological Museum that worth a visit.
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car museum


NEW PROJECTS UNDERWAY


HERAKLION, CRETE
INSTAP STUDY CENTER OF EAST CRETE
www.instapstudycenter.net

INSTAP Study Center for East Crete is a unique facility for archaeological research, especially in the area of Aegean Prehistory, available for visit and overnight stay. CLICK HERE FOR MORE….

CENTER FOR HELLENIC STUDIES IN GREECE (NAUPLION)

The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece (CHS GR) located in Nauplion, is creating a global platform from which to promote the value of Hellenic studies.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE…..

 

FUN STUFF…


GREEK YOGURT CONQUER THE US MARKET-


The well known Greek  yoghurt of the FAGE and OLYMPOS company is now available to consume  in the USA super markets. Try our suggesting TZATZIKI recipe. CLICK FOR MORE……

yoghurt

THESSALONIKI FOOD FESTIVAL


The City of Thessaloniki is extending its special  programme “Tuesday night: eating out for 10Euro menus only”( app.$ 13 ) involving many restaurants and ouzeries around the city, offering 10Euro menus in order to promote local eateries consumption. Check it out: www.foodfestival.thessaloniki.gr  for more information !


TIPS ON “GREEK FOOD INGREDIENTS” BY ETC…


Cretan barley rusks (“παξιμαδι”): wet under running water to become soft, add to salads (in any salad) in small pieces and let them soak the dressing and taste the goodness!


UP! GREEK TOURISM


A private initiative to promote Greece as a touristic destination is a success.
Check out the electronic billboard in Time Squares New York featuring and promoting Greece (from March 23rd 2012). CLICK HERE FOR MORE…

 

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